I'm currently working in an operational/compliance/back office role in a non bulge bracket bank in London.
I was offered a permanent position during an internship before finishing my bachelor's degree and I took it despite being interested in Strategy Consulting, as I figured the industry experience and name on the resume could help me lateral further on or after an MBA.
Now, the learning curve has halted and I'm worried my current trajectory will not be sufficient to get me into a good MBA. I'm not experienced enough for the jobs posted online (senior consultant) and I'm at a big disadvantage for graduate roles due to my non-uk, non-target school degree.
I've narrowed it down to a couple options:
a) Stay in my current 9 to 5 job, pursue the ACA(CPA), CIMA or CFA, apply for Big 4 roles in related areas as an experienced hire. Further on, go to a top MBA and try for Strategy Consulting. This is probably the most logical option, although I'm not particularly interested in staying at my current job and learning nothing. I'm also worried my no name undergrad school will be a major disadvantage for MBA placement.
b) Quit my job and pursue a Masters in Management at London Business School or similar. This could be a way of entering graduate recruiting but it wouldn't make much sense to do an MBA further on, it would be an all or nothing situation. If I get the job in strategy I'm good, otherwise I'll have to choose a different career.
c) Quit my job and pursue a non-management Master's degree (e.g Economics) at a target school. Try for management consulting, otherwise start as a graduate in a job with more opportunities for progress. Do MBA, try for strategy consulting. This option is interesting for furthering my knowledge and adding a brand name school to my resume for MBA placement further on.
d) Do an unrelated part time Master's degree (e.g. History) while working in my current job, keep applying for b4 roles, do an MBA further on.
What do you think could be the best option? I'm currently networking with consultants but I do recognize my current profile makes a referral hard to justify.
Thank you in advance.